“Ladies and gentlemen, with the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft the Los Angeles Lakers select…Kobe Bryant from Lower Merion high-school”.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film goes to…’Dear Basketball'”
Dear Los Angeles,
0%. We’re sorry but no matter what you’ve heard from Stephen A. Smith (c’mon) and the like, Kobe Bryant isn’t coming back to play for the Lakers next season. It doesn’t matter how competitive the Black Mamba is. It ain’t happening. He has a new drive. Remember when Michael Jordan said he was 99.9% sure he wasn’t coming out of retirement for a second time in 2001? But then the decimal point saw him suit up for the team he owned the Washington Wizards for two heroic seasons from the greatest of all times? Well there’s no 0.1% this time. It’s just nought. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing.
Dear Ice Cube,
Hi! Big fan. I know it seems like more than a good day, but number 24, or 8 isn’t coming to play half-court in the Big 3 either. The former thirtysomething is old. But he’s not that old. Did you ever think he would? We wish right? Besides Vanessa Bryant has already put a nixing to all that like a Stern veto on Pau for Paul (yeah, even now we never let that go over here. I mean behind Drazen and Dirk, Gasol is the third best European NBA player of all-time for crying ou…O.K. I’ll stop). You’ll just have to settle for T-Mac. Or Carmelo in a few years…or weeks?!
Forget 24, you’ll just have to settle for number 23 like M.J. Just be happy you have Los Angeles Laker, LeBron James (I’m sorry, I can’t not keep saying it as unbelievable as it is) to lead your Ball-ing young core.
Get your cameras ready like Nicholson celebrities courtside. Kobe Bean Bryant and Kobe Inc. are about to really flip the script, changing games. Did you think he was done after winning the first Academy Award in NBA history (what?! Not Space Jam?! I’m sorry Mike. I guess 24 really is one over 23. Don’t tell ‘Bron!), for the amazing animated, off the canvas drawing board like a dry-erase play, ‘Dear Basketball’? His fond and fitting farewell to the game originally scribed on The Players Tribune athlete journal blog site and scored by the legendary John Williams. Young Kobe used to spend nights in hotels postgame playing film and ‘Star Wars’ movies. Now the court conductor is dribbling between the composers strings and cinematic sketches. Hold the phone Speilberg, because Kobe is answering the call. Winning in the same year as ‘Best Actor’, Gary Oldman did for playing the two fingers to the competition, close but no cigar, Winston Churchill, or Guillermo Del Toro did in direction for showing that a swamp thing can find love too in ‘The Shape Of Water’ isn’t enough for the killer instinct of the Mamba man. The Lakers and NBA G.O.A.T. in some circles is aiming for E.G.O.T. You know, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony?
This is how Vino ages like fine wine. In the production cellars of behind the scenes entertainment, playing phantom coach like the time he killed it on the sidelines or in the face mask. The man who couldn’t even barely be stopped by a tore achilles he tried to push back in place, hit a free throw and walk off knows all about moral and redemption stories with a resonating message. He wrote half of them in his other Hollywood career. But now leaving an arena lined with jerseys bannering Magic, Kareem, the logo or Big Shaq, to offices adorned with pictures of Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey and J.K. Rowling for inspiration, he’s got stories to tell in planned production for the next half of the decade. You get a story! You get a story! You get a story! Bigger than basketball but with the influence from the games “discipline” and “sharp focus”, Kobe’s second entertainment career wind is in a direction akin to Kareem’s wonderful writing (from Abdul-Jabbar’s amazing autobiographies (three in a year?) to his articles in ‘Time’, ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, ‘The Guardian’ and even his by the book Sherlock Holmes fiction). Bryant says the latest work he’s doing is like if “Harry Potter and the Olympics had a baby” (Quiditch becoming a gold medal sport by Tokyo, 2020?). And currently he even has his Peanuts inspired ‘The Punies’ coming faster than a Charlie Brown fastball that we’ll all fall for. The man leaves the peanut shell bleachers of basketball to crack open the second half of his professional life. Stepping out of ESPN’s ‘Musecage’, the Black Mamba has a whole new book to write (as well as some YA fantasy novels) for his legendary legacy of crowd pleasing history.
Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats.
This is 40. Happy Birthday Bean!
Dear Laura Ingraham,
Oh, and like the King this new Hollywood mogul in a whole new game and arena is not just going to shut up and dribble.
And the winner is…
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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